101 Most Popular Jewish Girls Names in Israel in 2020

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics released the baby name data for 2020 last month. As I’ve done for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017-2018, and 2019, I’m posting the top 101 Jewish girls names. These are the most popular names given to Jewish girls born in Israel during 2020. Below you can see the number of girls that were named each name, and the ranking for 2020, as well as 2019 and 2018 for comparison. For numbers and rankings from earlier years, see the annual posts linked to above. For the parallel boy’s list, see 101 Most Popular Jewish Boys Names in Israel in 2020.

Six girls names entered the top 101 list in 2020 – Reef (entered at 78), Emanuelle (103 to 82), Niv (108 to 94), Eli (112 to 95), and Shoham (109 to 96). The girls names that exited the list were Feiga (101 to 106), Hili (100 to 107), Gili (97 to 111), Carmel (87 to 117), Darya (99 to 119), and Annael (90 to 127).

All the columns in the table below can be used to sort the table, so you can sort the table to see the order of ranking for each year, or by the spelling of the name in Hebrew or English. You can also search the table using the search field on the top right of the table.

Name (Hebrew)Name (English)2018 Rank2019 Rank2020 Rank2020 #
תָּמָרTamar1111116
מַאיָהMaya2221107
אֲבִיגַיִלAbigail3431082
נוֹעָהNoa4341034
שָׂרָהSarah7751013
אַיָּילָהAyala5561000
אַדֶלAdele887910
יָעֵלYael668882
שִׁירָהShira999859
אֶסְתֵּרEsther111010779
חַנָּהChana (Hanna)141111770
אֵלָהElah191712750
מִרְיָםMiriam232213721
רָחֵלRachel201414693
רִבְקָהRivka (Rebecca)121215684
לִיָהLia161316678
חַיָּהChaya171817664
טַלְיָהTalia152018637
רוֹנִיRoni181519630
רוֹמִיRomi101620597
מִיכַלMichal211921596
נוֹיָהNoya132122591
אֲרִיאֵלAriel243023579
רוּתRuth252524571
לִיבִּיLibi292725559
עַלְמָהAlma262426538
הַלֵּלHallel272627529
אֵמָהEmma222328523
גֶּפֶןGefen473629504
גַּאיָהGaia353530502
נָעֳמִיNaomi313131477
הוֹדָיָהHodaya302932467
עוֹמֶרOmer423433462
נֹגַהּNoga393934458
אֲגַםAgam323235454
יוּבַלYuval282836446
שַׁי-לִיShaily723837419
אֶפְרָתEfrat364638404
לֵאָהLeah374039402
מַלְכָּהMalka504140401
אוֹרִיOri583741390
אוריהUria/Oria434242387
יָהֵלִיYaheli464543382
תְּהִילָּהTehila454344377
אֶמִילִיEmily445445366
יְהוּדִיתYehudit (Judith)414946358
תָּהֶלTahal344847356
אַרְבֵּלArbel575648344
טוֹהָרTohar333349342
לִיאַןLian/Leanne385050340
הֲדַסָּהHadassa484451338
אֲבִישַׁגAvishag545352335
הִילָּהHila515153326
אֱלִישֶׁבַעElisheva (Elizabeth)565254318
אַלְמָהAlma605955317
נַעֲמָהNaama656156304
עֲדִיAdi405857303
שָׁקֵדShaked535558299
עוֹפְרִיOfri494759294
שַׁיShai676660293
מִיקָהMika556261291
הֲדַסHadas626062280
דְּבוֹרָהDvora (Deborah)636763269
מַעֲיָיןMaayan525764267
לֶנִיLenny917765265
נֶטַעNeta596566264
נוֹעַםNoam616367254
הָדָרHadar666468247
הַלְלִיHaleli838269247
מִיאֵלMiel12612070244
אַלְיָהAliya707571241
ליבLiv949672241
נֶחָמָהNechama777173226
אוֹרOr716974223
בִּרָכָהBracha767975212
אוֹפִירOphir686876202
אָבִיבAviv857677201
רִיףReef--78199
צִפּוֹרָהTziporah989879198
שִׁירShir647080195
שַׁחַרShachar697381194
עִמָּנוּאֵלEmanuel10410382192
חַוָּהChava869183192
לִיאֵלLiel788684189
מוֹרִיָּהMoriah797485188
מִיכָאֵלָהMichaela958486188
דָּנִיֵּאלDaniel738187186
יַרְדֵּןYarden (Jordan)758588186
שׁוֹשַׁנָּהShoshana909489183
זוֹהַרZohar938990180
אֲבִיטַלAvital888091173
עֵדֶןEden998392172
מַאיMay828893171
נִיבNiv13510894170
אֵלִיEli12011295170
שׁוֹהַםShoham10710996168
אָלִיןAleen979597166
עָמִיתAmit747298161
אֲבִיָּהAvia817899160
גַּלִּיGali8492100158
בַּרBar9693101156

101 Most Popular Jewish Boys Names in Israel in 2020

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics released the baby name data for 2020 last month. As I’ve done for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017-2018, and 2019, I’m posting the top 101 Jewish boys names. These are the most popular names given to Jewish boys born in Israel during 2020. Below you can see the number of boys that were named each name, and the ranking for 2020, as well as 2019 and 2018 for comparison. For numbers and rankings from earlier years, see the annual posts linked to above. For the parallel girl’s list, see 101 Most Popular Jewish Girls Names in Israel in 2020.

Three boys names entered the top 101 names in 2020 – Gefen (126 to 93), Yehoshua (107 to 95), and Emanuel (103 to 101). The boys names that exited the list were Matan (93 to 105), Yaheli (87 to 108), and Asaf (86 to 125).

All the columns in the table below can be used to sort the table, so you can sort the table to see the order of ranking for each year, or by the spelling of the name in Hebrew or English. You can also search the table using the search field on the top right of the table.

Name (Hebrew)Name (English)2018 Rank2019 Rank2020 Rank2020 #
דָּוִדDavid1111536
לָבִיאLavi4321297
אֲרִיאֵלAriel2231223
יוֹסֵףYosef (Joseph)5541176
נוֹעַםNoam3451150
אוריUri/Ori6661033
רְפָאֵלRaphael11971018
אֲרִיAri271081001
מֹשֶׁהMoshe1089958
יְהוּדָהYehuda (Judah)91110928
אַבְרָהָםAbraham161411920
אֵיתָןEitan (Ethan)7712917
דָּנִיֵּאלDaniel81313909
יִשְׂרָאֵלYisrael (Israel)151514810
אִיתַּיItai131215779
שְׁמוּאֵלShmuel (Samuel)171716762
אַלְיָהEliya221817726
יְהוֹנָתָןYehonatan141618721
יִצְחָקYitzchak (Isaac)242019706
שִׁמְעוֹןShimon (Simon)282720694
יַעֲקֹבYaakov (Jacob)212321688
מִיכָאֵלMichael192122675
עוֹמֶרOmer182223673
יוֹנָתָןYonatan (Jonathan)252424629
אַהֲרוֹןAharon (Aaron)121925595
חַיִּיםChaim292526586
אִימְרִיImri333527549
אָדָםAdam403228528
שְׁלֹמֹהShlomo (Solomon)312829528
אִיתָמָרItamar202630526
עִידּוֹIdo263031521
יָאִירYair232932501
יַנַּאיYanai303133492
מֵאִירMeir373834488
יִשַׁיYishai443935487
מָרְדְּכַיMordechai394136474
הַרְאֵלHarel323637464
בְּנָיָהBnaya583438448
נִיתַּאיNitai383739438
בִּנְיָמִיןBenjamin474340416
אֵלִיָּהוּEliyahu505141405
מְנַחֵםMenachem464742394
לִיאַםLiam484643387
בְּאֵרִיBeeri575544379
אַלּוֹןElon343345379
עִילָּאִיIlay364546376
עָמִיתAmit354447373
בֵּןBen434048370
נָתָןNatan (Nathan)564949365
אוֹרOr455450359
נְתַנְאֵלNetanel494251359
רִיףReef1076652342
אָבִיבAviv535053336
גַּיְאGuy414854321
נְהוֹרַאיNehorai425255314
מָאוֹרMaor525356308
רייRay836357305
רוֹםRom615758302
לִיאוֹLeo776759293
נָוֶהNeveh676260278
יוּבַלYuval606161276
הללHillel/Hallel596062270
עוֹמֶרִיOmri555863255
שַׁחַרShachar636564247
אֵלרוֹאִיElroi515965243
רוֹיRoy/Roi545666240
נֵרִיָּהNeriah697267236
נָדָבNadav647068233
דּוֹרDor707569229
צְבִיZvi657370229
מַלְאָכִיMalachi807771224
רוֹעִיRoi626472222
עִידָּןIdan888373219
רְאֵםRe’em917874218
אֶבְיָתָרEviatar666975215
נְבוֹNevo757476213
תּוֹםTom1039877211
אֶלְחָנָןElchanan689178211
אוּרִיאֵלUriel736879209
מַעֲיָיןMaayan858580208
אַרְיֵהAryeh1058181207
שָׁלוֹםShalom847682206
גַּבְרִיאֵלGabriel909683198
אֱלִיאָבEliav827184193
עוֹזOz1069085189
אֵלִיעֶזֶרEliezer9410186189
שִׁילֹהShilo929487188
אַרְבֵּלArbel1009788186
יַרְדֵּןYarden (Jordan)1019989181
לֶנִיLenny1318890180
יוֹאָבYoav728091178
נַחְמָןNachman899592176
גֶּפֶןGefen16212693175
לִיאוֹרLior718294174
יְהוֹשֻׁעַYehoshua (Joshua)11610795174
אֲבִיאֵלAviel787996171
דָּןDan968997169
לֵוִיLevy9310098164
אֲמִיתַּיAmitai868499164
יַהַבYahav7992100161
עִמָּנוּאֵלEmanuel104103101157

Seven women, and a detour to Morocco

This is the story of seven women, all relatives of mine, who survived the German invasion of Belgium together through a crazy trip starting in Antwerp, passing through France, Morocco, Portugal, and ending in New York. I’ve written in the past about my grandfather (When my grandfather traveled to Nazi Germany to save his family) and his time before making it the US during WWII. I’ve always wanted to write about my grandmother’s journey, but lacked the documentation to visually tell the story. I now think I have enough to tell the story properly (if not completely).

My grandparents and their families knew each other in Poland, and then in Belgium, but my grandparents didn’t marry until 1943, when both had made it to New York. While their families followed similar paths for many years, at least one portion of their stories took a very different turn.

My grandmother was born Lipka Kleinhaus in 1922 in Rzeszów, Poland. She was the youngest of six children, her oldest sister nineteen years her senior. Her closest sibling in age, her brother Nusen, was ten years older than her. Like my grandfather’s family, her family found their way to Antwerp, Belgium in the 1920s. Once there, they entered the diamond business following a relative who had arrived earlier.

Some documentation of the family’s stay in Belgium can be found in the files of the Belgian Police des Étrangers which I’ve lectured on in the past. If you had family that lived in Belgium, see my Belgium page on where records can be found. The photo below, for example, came from one of the Police des Étrangers files.

My grandmother, her brother Nusen, and parents Feiga and Chaim
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Jewish cemeteries in Poland

When I was younger, I remember hearing the phrase ‘Poland is one big Jewish cemetery’. This was a way of relating the fact that 90% of Polish Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Usually it was stated by someone who was explaining why they would never visit Poland. Of course, when I was younger it was quite difficult to visit Poland, being that it was behind the Iron Curtain. I first visited Poland, less than two years after the fall of the Soviet Union, as part of the March of the Living in 1993. We visited a couple of cemeteries during that trip, including the Okopowa St. synagogue in Warsaw. The Okopowa St. cemetery has more than 80,000 gravestones still in existence, and has had money contributed to it from the local government to help preserve it. One wonders if the interest in preserving this particular cemetery is due to an interest in preserving the past, or perhaps an interest in encouraging more Jewish tourism. The lack of funds for other cemeteries in the country would tend to support the tourism theory.

Okopowa St. Cemetery
The Okopowa St. cemetery in Warsaw in 1993
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Given names from British Mandate Palestine

I recently posted about the name changes published by the British Mandate of Palestine government during the years of British rule (1919-1948). One of the most interesting aspects of those name changes is that the English should reflect the official names people used when they moved to pre-state Israel (presumably verified by the government authorities), and that they were published simultaneously in English and Hebrew.

I’ve taken a selection of the many lists, and matched the unique name pairs (Hebrew and English) and put together a table with over a thousand name pairs. You can view the table below. The table starts sorted alphabetically in English, but you can sort it by Hebrew if you prefer. You can also search, and see which names match your search. If you don’t know Hebrew, you can search for one name in English, then copy the Hebrew name and paste it into the search field to see all the other English names that match the Hebrew. In general Hebrew names are more likely to have multiple English names associated with them. This is partly because there are few variant spellings in Hebrew (although there are Yiddish variants that pop up), but it is also due to how I assembled the list.

Here’s an example of searching for the Hebrew name יעקב (Jacob):

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